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Mass in Motion Posted by:
Meghan Morse, Department of Public Health

Meghan is a Nutrition Education Specialist for DPH.

If you live anywhere near Boston, you most likely experienced a few days without tap water recently. Thankfully, this problem was resolved quickly, but it got me thinking about water.

It’s so true that we don’t appreciate things until they are gone. I soon realized how big of a role water plays in my life. On Saturday night, I went out to dinner and was offered a limited menu of basically all fried foods, since none of them required water to rinse or cook food. After my initial shock, I realized that these foods would be my staples if I didn’t have access to clean water on a regular basis. And, of course, I appreciate water a lot more now after I realized I couldn’t have my morning cup of coffee without it.

While living without tap water, I also got really thirsty! Experts recommend 8-10 cups a day of this hydrating beverage, but this guideline is hard to meet when no tap water is around. When I decided to buy some spring water, I was reminded why I don’t usually buy it- the cost. Water is not only free from the tap, but water in Massachusetts is some of the best in the country. As I recently realized, there are many precautions taken to ensure that our drinking water is safe. So, now I’m back to drinking and enjoying this wonderful beverage from the tap in many different forms: plain, with lemon or lime wedges, in tea, or flavored.

Do you use your free resource or do you buy spring water? What did you miss most about water these past few days?

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